LIVE – World Cup: “I feel very good”, Messi reassures about his physical conditions

A first drug seizure during the World Cup in Qatar

Qatari authorities announce that customs at Doha’s Hamad International Airport has carried out the first drug seizure during the 2022 World Cup. Customs officers discovered 1,990 Tramadol pills and 464.5 grams of hashish in the passenger’s luggage, of which no information was disclosed. The latter must be presented to the prosecutor, according to AFP.

The penalties imposed in Qatar for possession, use or trafficking of drugs are very severe, including long prison sentences, heavy fines and expulsion from the territory for foreigners. A powerful pain reliever, Tramadol, a synthetic opioid, can lead to severe addiction.

Eto’o present in the stands for Senegal-Holland

President of the Cameroonian federation, Samuel Eto’o is also a fan of African football. The former Indomitable Lions striker is in Doha on Monday to watch Senegal’s match against the Netherlands in Group A at the Al-Thumama Stadium.

Samuel Eto’o, ambassador of the World Cup, had recently said that Senegal would be the headliner of the African continent at the World Cup. It was before the injury and the package of Sadio Mané … The selection of him, Cameroon, will launch its competition on Thursday at 13 against Switzerland.

Samuel Eto’o present for the Senegal-Netherlands match, 21 November 2022 © Icon Sport

27 minutes, the completely insane extra time between England and Iran

First and second half combined, 27 minutes of play were added to England’s encounter with Iran as the Three Lions entered the World Cup on Monday (6-2). It is simply the longest match in World Cup history since Opta analyzed the competition in 1996.

Read more about this crazy match here.

“It’s my last World Cup,” Messi announced

Lionel Messi announces to the press that this World Cup in Qatar will be the last of his career. “It’s my last chance to achieve the dream we all want: to win the World Cup. It’s my last World Cup,” said the 35-year-old Argentinian coach.

“I feel very good,” reassured Messi about his physical condition

Present at a press conference on the eve of Argentina’s entry into the 2022 World Cup, this Tuesday against Saudi Arabia (at 11), Lionel Messi gives reassuring news about his state of health. “I feel very well physically, assures the PSG star. I’m in a very good period, both personally and physically. I trained separately because I had a stroke, but nothing unusual.”

Media enthusiasm for Messi’s press conference

More than 300 journalists are present in the small amphitheater of Doha’s main press center (IBC international broadcast center). The journalists, especially from Argentina, arrived a good hour early to queue and not miss anything from the Albiceleste captain’s speech.

Many journalists are present to attend the press conference of
Numerous journalists present to attend the press conference of “La Pulga” © @RMCSport

The surprising proposal of the Qatari police after the theft of an Argentine journalist

An Argentine TV journalist has had her money, credit card and documents stolen from her purse. According to her testimony, the local police asked her what punishment she preferred to inflict on the perpetrator of the theft.

>> Here the testimony of the Argentinian journalist.

Iranians don’t sing their anthem

Before kick-off against England, Iranian players did not sing the anthem at Khalifa Stadium. This strong gesture was cheered by the crowd in the stadium. The latter whistled the anthem for a long time.

This gesture is a strong symbol in Iran, as the country is plagued by numerous protests following the death of the young Mahsa Amini on 16 September.

The anthem of the regime was established in 1990 by the power of the mullahs.

Read more here.

Messi is training quite normally with Argentina

Lionel Messi is currently participating in the collective training of Argentina with all his teammates. Smiling, nonchalant, sometimes accomplices of some players like De Paul or Di María, the Albiceleste captain seems to be totally fit for Argentina’s start in this World Cup this Tuesday at 11:00 French time, against l ‘Saudi Arabia. It is also to fit this special schedule that Argentina has advanced its lineup, often scheduled from the start of the competition to the end of the day. Temperatures are still very bearable at the moment in Doha.


A bug on applying tickets before England-Iran

There was a big bug on the application where England v Iran fans have to present their tickets. For some the tickets have disappeared. They are sent back to a big white marquee in front of the stadium to print tickets in paper form.

A fairly large queue, with nearly 200 fans, is forming at 1.30am in front of this tent. For the moment the atmosphere remains quite relaxed despite everything.

>> The match England-Iran LIVE

Public card for Qatar-Ecuador, the French did not boycott the opening match

While some were announcing a boycott of French audiences for the World Cup in Qatar, early audience figures show otherwise. On Sunday afternoon, the opening match between the host country and Ecuador (0-2) brought together 5.13 million viewers on TF1, co-broadcaster of the match with beIN Sports (audience not disclosed). This is over a million more than the opening match of the 2018 World Cup (3.9 million for Russia-Saudi Arabia). The market share of the 1st channel is equal to 31.3%.

Seven European selections waive the inclusive band “One Love”

Through a press release, the seven European selections who wanted to wear a “One Love” armband in support of the LGBT+ community have given up on doing so. FIFA banned this armband and threatened a penalty (yellow card?) to the wearer. England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland therefore waive this sign of support.

“FIFA has been very clear, it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armband on the pitch. As national associations, we cannot ask our players to risk sporting sanctions, including yellow cards,” wrote these seven associations. France, initially a member of the “One Love” initiative, had already announced through the voice of their captain Hugo Lloris that they would not wear the armband.

A fine is well planned against the LGBT armband according to the English press

According to the Times, England FA head Mark Bullingham just told Radio 5 that FIFA only informed on Sunday evening that wearing the LGBT band would lead to penalties on the pitch. That could be the case with Harry Kane this afternoon against Iran.

Read more here.

Portugal: Ronaldo shuts down rumors of confusion with Bruno Fernandes

Speaking of Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner at Manchester United with whom the reunion seemed icy in the selection due to the shock interview with CR7, the latter extinguished the rumors of confusion in the press conference on Monday morning: “I have an excellent relationship with him. His plane was late and I asked him if he came by boat, I was joking with him”. And Ronaldo added: “There are always debates, room for rumors, I know… But the atmosphere is really excellent. But don’t talk about me with the other players. I have a bulletproof shell, but it’s a World Cup.” , talking to other players about the World Cup, not Cristiano Ronaldo, would be great.”

“We were all freezing to death,” the fans complained about the air conditioning

This could be one of the reasons for the massive departure of spectators during the Qatar-Ecuador opening match. While the mercury was only 25 degrees outside, the organizers turned on the air conditioning to lower it to 20 degrees during the meeting… leaving the roof open. “We were all frozen to death, Angelica, an Ecuadorian supporter, said on the microphone of RMC. In Ecuador, we have regions where it is cold, but here it was worse than at home or your home in Europe. Frozen feet.” We covered ourselves with our flag, we wanted them to turn off the air conditioning.”

The RMC report on climate control in stadiums is available here

Ronaldo assures that the clash with United “will not shake” Portugal

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo assured on Monday that the soap opera of his conflict with his club Manchester United “won’t shake” his selection during the 2022 World Cup, which starts against Ghana (group H) on Thursday. Ronaldo, 37, explained at a press conference that he had “no doubts that this recent episode, this interview” on British television in which he felt his club had “betrayed” him, “like other episodes that sometimes occur, can shake a player but it won’t shake the team.” The striker is playing in his fifth and probably last World Cup.

>> His shocking interview, his icy reunion with Bruno Fernandes… Updates on CR7, read here

The international press pays for the fiasco of the opening match

Famine at the level of the game and above all sleepy atmosphere, with the majority of Qatari fans leaving the stadium at the beginning of the second half, the opening match of the 2022 World Cup was a fiasco that was not missed by the media around the world. “World Flop” (la Gazzetta), “the dream turns into a nightmare”, says the BBC, the world’s media have not been kind to the organizers of Qatar and Fifa.

>> The press review can be read here

Kane may finally ditch his rainbow sash

According to The Guardian, England captain Harry Kane may give up on the idea of ​​wearing a rainbow armband in the face of the threat of a yellow card, this Monday during the England-Iran match (14:00).

>> All information here

Monday’s schedule

Three matches are scheduled for the second day of the 2022 World Cup, this Monday November 21 in Qatar. With England-Iran, Senegal-Netherlands and United States-Wales. Without forgetting France, on the eve of their first match against Australia.

Program of November 21st
14: England-Iran
17:00: Senegal-Netherlands
20:00: USA-Wales

>> More details here

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our live to follow all the news on the World Cup. Three matches are scheduled this Monday, including the day before France’s first meeting against Australia on Tuesday (20:00).

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